Devil's Day Off | Strawdog Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 22 2014
Price: $23
Be it inferno or vortex, nothing so pleases Chicagoans as collectively bitching about the weather. Jon Steinhagen—a Chicago man himself—taps into that sentiment with his new play, which follows a bunch of nameless characters as they cope with a power outage and simultaneous heat wave. Like true Chicagoans, the play’s inhabitants are equal parts romantic and sarcastic, with a dash of skepticism and whininess for good measure. The cast members who dive headfirst into this character cesspool include the ever-morphing Mary Jo Bolduc and Matthew J. Lloyd, whose physicality is a show in itself. Steinhagen's loose script at times threatens to become scattershot, but mostly that openness allows for beautiful, bold moments—like a monologue about god delivered in five languages. Melting pot, Chicago style. —Chloe Riley



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